Hot on the heels of the announcement that China’s largest Telecom, China Mobile, was in talks to acquire the iPhone, Singapore’s MobileOne phone operator is also announcing it is in talks to bring the iPhone to Asia.
Singapore, a tiny nation-state, is almost completely saturated with mobile phone users. MobileOne sees the iPhone as a way to differentiate and upsell current mobile subscribers. MobileOne also is in talks to acquire other Mobile carriers throughout the world.
M1, Singapore’s No. 3 telecommunications company by subscribers behind Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. and StarHub Ltd., also wants to diversify its revenue base by offering wireless and fixed-line broadband services in its domestic market and branching out into new areas such as mobile advertising.
It’s starting to feel like Europe all over again.